March 6, 2003 San Diego Hospital Association
The San Diego Hospital Association and one of its facilities, Sharp Memorial Hospital, have agreed to pay $6.2 Million Dollars to settle a qui tam lawsuit filed by Judith A. King, a heart transplant coordinator at Sharp Memorial. The allegations asserted by Ms. King were that the defendants submitted false claims to the government by fraudulently misstating organ acquisition costs on the hospital’s Medicare reports for 1991 through 1999. The alleged misrepresented costs included employee salaries, medical director fees, laboratory costs, and square footage that were not incurred or used for organ acquisition activities and thus did not qualify for reimbursement under Medicare regulations as organ acquisition costs.
Under the settlement, Ms. King will receive $1.2 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam action.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 3/6/03